I’ve been doing it wrong (part 1)

Ever more increasingly you see headlines like this:

Car dealership worker wins unfair dismissal case after he was sacked for looking at scantily-clad women while on the job

AN EMPLOYEE of a car dealership in Perth has received $25,000 in compensation after he was wrongly sacked for looking at pictures of swimwear models in their bikinis on company time.

Months beforehand, Gerard Roelofs, a financial controller at the Westcoast BMW dealership in the city’s north, had admitted to accessing hardcore pornography on his work computer.

But an employment tribunal said Mr Roelofs had not been given the opportunity to defend himself properly when it was later discovered websites featuring swimwear models had cropped up on his work computer.

And you see headlines like this:

Federal MP Graham Perrett releases second saucy book

Lawrence Lalor and his “surly worm” are back.

Oh my.

With the federal election done and dusted, returned Moreton MP Graham Perrett is free to release his second book, The Big Fig, the follow up to his 2008 much-talked-about-if-not-best-seller, The Twelfth Fish.

That novel, set in the early 1990s follows Lalor, a “surfie teacher” “condemned to servitude by the Catholic Education League”, in the small Queensland bush town of Lawson.

Luckily there was a mystery and a couple of ladies to keep him busy – Karen was a fan of Lalor’s aforementioned surly appendage, while Cylla had some problems with a cramping jaw.

 The sex scenes, while a small part of the story, were enough to send the political class and its associates into a titillated frenzy.

I just bring this up because the Full Court of the Federal Court has ruled that the Chief of Defence Force was justified in sacking me for my ‘behaviour’ for opposing uniformed Defence participation in a parade with these people:

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Perhaps if I had been turfed out for using Defence IT networks to surf for porn I’d now be enjoying a large payout. No doubt, if I spent my time writing pornographic novels I’d probably even be promoted.

After all, Graham Perrett has just gone on the parliamentary record to admit that he’s a member of the Defence Force:

“I should declare that I am a legal officer in the Royal Australian Air Force—a flight lieutenant. I have never had anything to do with your case, I should say.”

Unlike me, Perrett’s behaviour has not come to the ‘attention’ of the Defence Chiefs. That’s probably because he writes pornographic novels while I’ve been opposing Defence participation in a pornographic parade.

Now, who remembers that speech preaching that the standard you walk past is the standard you set…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Well, I know your disgust all to well. RAAF is appalling when it comes to treating WASP’s with any sense of justice. I was a victim of the “Female Mafia” (& an emasculated male senior officer) which was vicious and vindictive & protected its own.

    I raised a compliant against her only to have swept under the carpet (as I was in the process of a Medical Board & likely discharge) by a more senior female officer who admitted that she didn’t even read the evidence I provided to her. Go figure. I can still take it further if I could be bothered, but I do not need the stress. The system breeds a form of moral corruption & behaviour which so disgusting most civvies won’t believe you. I am sad about what has happened to my Air Force & concerned that its future is very bleak.

    After 30 years+ active service the PC brigade were quite happy to see me as a gender target.

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  2. Stay strong and courageous please Bernard.

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  3. Bernie,
    On the bright side, you knew the allegations made against you.
    I was forced by Army to contribute to an Inquiry Officer Inquiry as a respondent and was never informed of the allegations made against me.
    Army investigated my grievance surrounding this situation and decided that I had been informed…they stated that I should have been able to interpret the allegations from a number of questions asked of me by the Inquiry Officer that were interpreted from the Terms of Reference which were derived from the original allegations.
    Oh and guess whose name pops up again, LTCOL Chris Buxton.
    To Army equality does not necessarily mean treating everyone equally.

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    • I know the feeling – I was not given half of the allegations made against me in an IOI either. All I was told was that a complaint had been made from a certain officer the Chief of Army’s office…

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    • Whatever happened to procedural fairness? It is my understand that one should be informed of all the allegations made against them.

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      • Digger James,
        It is very clear in defence policy and in admin law that persons subject to an Inquiry be informed of the allegations made against them.
        Army chooses to ‘interpret’ policy and the law as they deem appropriate to protect their own and avoid acceptance of responsibility and any level of accountability.
        To make matters worse, I was very ill at the time and not being managed in accordance with another Chief of Army directive designed to limit impact on those associated with such inquiries.
        I support Bernie as he has the courage to stand up for what he believes in and what is right.

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